Re: History buffs/majors?
Originally Posted by Yachtzee
Within the workers' movements of that era, communists, socialists and fascist workers parties all viewed each other as political rivals and fought with each other when they weren't fighting the conservative factions.
Yet the Nazi's came to power in a coalition with the conservative DNVP
Generally hostile towards the republican Weimar constitution, the DNVP spent most of the inter-war period in opposition. Largely supported by landowners and wealthy industrialists, it favoured a monarchist platform and was strongly opposed to the Treaty of Versailles.
Extremely nationalistic and reactionary and originally favouring restoration of German monarchy, it later supported creation of an authoritarian state. Its supporters came from dedicated nationalists, the aristocracy, parts of the middle class and big business. While it sought the ultimate demise of Weimar Republic, it participated in its politics and ruling government to keep Socialists out of power. Before its alliance with Nazis, the party sought support of the national liberal German People's Party.
There are important distinctions to be made between Tory-type Conservatism or libertarianism and radical rightism like Nazis and Fascists. But the idea that the Nazis and Fascists were just some sort of leftist splinter group is revisionism. They weren't in a mudsling match over an interpretion of Marx, they were rejecting Marx outright, rejecting Bolshevism outright. Yes, they employed some public works projects. But they broke up unions, preserved private property, poured money into the military and attacked other nations.
The widow is gathering nettles for her children's dinner; a perfumed seigneur, delicately lounging in the Oeil de Boeuf, hath an alchemy whereby he will extract the third nettle and call it rent. ~ Carlyle